Global Spyware Scandal: Exposing Pegasus Part Two (full documentary)
11 Jan 2023
Part two of a two-part docuseries: FRONTLINE and Forbidden Films investigate Pegasus, a powerful spyware sold to governments around the world by the Israeli company NSO Group.
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In 2020, the journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International gained access to a leaked list of more than 50,000 phone numbers. They suspected it contained numbers selected for potential surveillance with Pegasus. The Pegasus Project reporting consortium — which was led by Forbidden Stories and included 16 other media organizations, FRONTLINE among them — found that the spyware had been used on journalists, human rights activists, the wife and fiancée of the murdered Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and others.
Over two parts, this docuseries reveals the inside story of an investigation that prompted probes by governments and institutions around the world and sparked calls for an international treaty to govern the largely unregulated spyware industry.
NSO, which has disputed some of the Pegasus Project’s reporting, says that its technology was not associated in any way with Khashoggi’s murder and that it sells Pegasus to vetted governments for “the sole purpose of preventing and investigating terror and serious crime.”
Part one of “Global Spyware Scandal: Exposing Pegasus” is available to stream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZVj1_SE4Mo
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“Global Spyware Scandal: Exposing Pegasus” is a FRONTLINE production with Forbidden Films. It is a film by Anne Poiret and Arthur Bouvart. The director is Anne Poiret. The producers are Laurent Richard and Sandrine Rigaud. The senior producers are Eamonn Matthews and Dan Edge. The editor-in-chief and executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.
FRONTLINE is produced at GBH in Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional support for FRONTLINE is provided by the Abrams Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Park Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation, and additional support from Laura DeBonis.
Prologue - 00:00
The Investigation Into Pegasus Spyware Continues - 0:36
Was Pegasus Used to Spy on French Politicians? - 3:21
Pegasus Spyware, Dubai’s Leader Sheikh Maktoum and Princess Latifa - 9:29
How Israel Develops and Deploys High-Tech Surveillance Technology - 16:09
Netanyahu’s Government, NSO Group and Pegasus - 19:37
Cecilio Pineda, a Journalist Murdered in Mexico - 23:52
The Pegasus Project Prepares to Publish - 30:05
‘A Go-To Spy Service for Tyrants’ - 39:28
NSO Group Representatives Appear Before European Parliament - 41:08
The Israeli Government’s Response to the Pegasus Spyware Revelations - 48:45
Credits - 51:59